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on our broadcast tonight, america the angry, but where do people place the blame? tonight we debut our new poll numbers on the eve of the president's big speech. walking away. why so many americans are doing what used to be unthinkable, sing their homes on purpose. getting out. the massxodus from haiti. making a difference, the compassionate story of americans and an amazing ending to a story to tell you about. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. we are going to begin tonight with a story that broke late in the day. it's a bombshell for the auto industry.
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as we've reported, toyota has been in the middle of a massive recall of several lines of cars because of a defect that may cause accelerators to stick. well, tonight the giant automaker has announced they will stop selling all the cars affected, and temporarily shut down production of some of the most popular vehicles in this country. tom costello has been covering this story. starts us off tonight from our washington newsroom. tom, good evening. >> reporter: brian, as recalls go this one is very big and involves a shutdown and raises questions about quality control at toyota. toyota is telling its dealerships nationwide to suspend all sales of eight different models involved in the recall it announced last week for that sticking accelerator pedal until it can find a remedy. you may remember the recall involves 2.3 million vehicles. there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms in rare cases mechanically stick while
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partially depressed or return slowly to the idle position. here are the models. the 2009 to 2010 rav4, '09 to '10 corolla, 2009 to 2010 matrix and the '05 to '10 avalon. certain 2007-2010 camrys, not all. the highlander, the 2007-2010 tundra and the sequoia. if not listed, the model is not on the recall. it will still be sold. otherwise those models will stop being sold effective immediately. toyota is shutting down five production lines next week until it gets to the bottom of the problem. that tells you how big of a problem this has become. those production lines are in canada, indiana, kentucky and texas. now, this recall is separate from the ongoing recall of 4 million toyota and lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedals being trapped by incorrect or out-of-place
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accessory floor mats. i talked to phil lebeau at cnbc and he says this is a very big deal. phil covers the auto industry for cnbc. >> still-developing story. a boshell in the auto industry. tom costello, thanks. now we turn to the political fallout from what happened a week ago tonight. the special senate election in massachusetts that rattled washington from the white house to capitol hill. tonight, a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows why washington has good reason to be nervous about what's going on in the country. our chief white house correspondent chuck todd also in our washington newsroom with the new numbers tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. among the reasons for the republican scott brown's stunning senate victory in massachusetts was this angry voter in massachusetts. guess what? they're not alone. president obama is facing a very skeptical public as he steps up to that podium for the state of
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the union tomorrow night, brian. wi the the state of the union looming tomorrow, president obama faces a very skeptical public. 58% believe the country is off on the wrong track. the highest number since mr. obama took office. but it's not just about him. it's about all of official washington. 70% believe the federal government is not working well compared to just 28% who believe it's healthy and in need of just small reforms. it's a more negative view on government than even during the disputed 2000 election. our respondents don't believe they agree on who is to blame. 48% blame republicans in congress. 41% blame democrats and 28% blame president obama. criticism of washington is bipartisan and nearly unanimous. 93% believe there is too much partisan fighting between the two political parties. this disapproval of congress in washington has not been lost on
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the president who, since his party's massachusetts defeat, has been trying to recapture his campaign message of change. >> there are some nice people in washington, but it can drive you crazy. >> reporter: the president escapes direct criticism in our survey. his job approval rating went up slightly from two weeks ago to 50%. there is still plenty of skepticism about his top domestic priority health care. now just 31% believe his plan is a good idea. 46% believe it's a bad idea. in fact, those polled believe the president has paid too much attention to the issue. 44% told us that. with just 16% who say he's paid too little attention to health care. on the economy, those numbers are nearly reversed. 51% say he's paid too little attention to the economy, while just 5% believe he's paid too much attention. now, all of political washington is trying to figure out what kind of political problem could the president become for
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democrats? so far, he's not one. in fact, we asked the specific question, more folks tell us they would cast a vote for congress in 2010 in support of the president to send that message rather than to send a message of opposition. however, with those who believe that both parties are at all the, they now support a republican controlled congress over a democratic-controlled congress. there is a lot in there for everybody, but brian, this is about a very, very angry electorate at this city of washington. >> the new numbers tonight, chuck todd in our washington newsroom. chuck, we'll see you down there tomorrow night. the white house has obviously been thinking about voters, angry and frustrated with washington. it was clear when they first leaked last night and today unveiled a proposal to freeze some federal spending to help tackle what's expected to be another massive budget deficit. almost $1.4 trillion again this year. this freeze will not include defense, homeland security,
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medicare, social security, foreign aid programs. that leaves just 17% of a $3.5 trillion budget subject to this spending freeze, which is aimed at saving about $25 billion a year. white house correspondent savannah guthrie h more on all this. savannah, late today they added white house salaries to the freeze, apparently. i heard liberals in washington picking all this apart today. conservatives picking it apart. i heard somebody say it's not aimed at them, it's aimed out in the country. >> reporter: no question about it. in poll after poll, independent voters put this near the top of their list of the priorities. federal spending deficit control, they are worried about it. right in time for the state of the union. the president unveiled this three-year discretionary spending freeze. you put your finger on it. notice what's not on there, defense spending and entitlement spending is the real driver of our deficits. social security, medicare and medicaid. nevertheless, they say this
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freeze will add up to $250 billion over ten years, but this kind of landed with a thud on capitol hill today. the president getting it on both sides left and right. on the left, liberals say this is no time to be curtailing government spending. we need to spend to intervene to help the unemployment problem. to that the administration says this will go into effect in october. jobs program still on track. on the right they say this is just the tip of the iceberg. 1/8 of the total federal budget. aides say it's a start, but not the end of our efforts here. >> at some point the advance marketing will come to an end. thanks. we will have live coverage of the president's state of the union address. that's tomorrow night, 9:00 eastern here on this nbc station. we shift our coverage now to the latest from haiti. it's been two weeks now since the quake. the haitian government said today 150,000 bodies have been recovered from the rubble. the u.s. state department today confirmed 60 americans have been killed in haiti with another 37
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presumed dead. and of those who survived this disaster, a shocking number, almost 700,000 people are living in hundreds of different make shift camps ross that tiny country. we begin our reporting with nbc's michelle kosinksi at one of those tent towns. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we got the news tonight the u.s. military pulled a 35-year-old man alive from the rubble of a building. two weeks now after the earthquake. for the survivors, nearly a million of them who will need something more than these make-shift camps they built themselves, tonight aid organizations are finalizing plans to move people into at least more permanent temporary housing. right now, that's about as good as it gets. for a second day, u.n. soldiers had to keep order as crowds desperate for food and water swelled into the thousands. while the u.s. army began a new
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mission, clearing away what the jolting earth brought down in less than a minute. this security video captures those moments of panic. survivors now left to jostle for the basics of life or leave to seek them elsewhere. more than 230,000 already have. this city four hours north and one of the poorest in haiti, inundated with those fleeing port-au-prince. the mayor overwhelmed asked the government for help, but received none. at the home of selene, 17 people live together. there is not enough food. a place devastated by hurricanes in 2008. back then people left for port-au-prince for work and now are coming back. >> they have nowhere to go. >> reporter: this is a city of 400,000 people without a single ambulance. they had one fire truck but it was destroyed during the hurricanes.
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as for medical care they had one orthopedic specialist, but he was killed in port-au-prince during the earthquake. a make-shift hospital annex is filled with earthquake victims like zema who could not find a doctor to amputate his crushed arm in port-au-prince. and this wide, green countryside is where this 17-year-old and his family will now stay, to work their ancestral fields. never, he says, will he return to port-au-prince. too many problems there. even these fields of plenty are not enough for all. it has been estimated that at least 1/3 of the population of port-au-prince will leave for other cities and towns, brian. >> michelle kosinksi in port-au-prince for us tonight, thanks. we have for you tonight a remarkable ending to a story our own ron allen has been following in haiti. it's about two little girls,
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playmates, best friends and an american dad who was doing all he could to give them both a new home and a fresh start. tonight, ron allen reports on how it ends. >> reporter: it was one week ago today mike arrived in nashville with his daughter tia in his arms. he raced to haiti to rescue the 5-year-old orphan he was months awaiting of formally adopting when the earthquake hit. >> it's the greatest feeling in the world. >> reporter: echoing in their ears were the cries of her best friend who wilson had to leave behind. you'd never have guessed back then she was the one known for her smile. >> there are thousands of people there. >> reporter: we drove wilson to the u.s. embassy that day. >> we are going to do everything we can to get her. we're not going to let them -- she's been there close to four years in that orphanage. >> reporter: the wilsons say
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they just started the process of adopting naika. she was on a long line with so many other children. wilson says the orphanage director pleaded on her behalf at the u.s. embassy sunday, giving assurances a loving family and dear friend were waiting in the states. >> we are heading to go meet the faly for the first time. >> reporter: wilson says the call he and wife missy got sunday from u.s. officials that she was on her way to nashville was a complete surprise. >> and she said, it looks like there is a real possibility that she is going to be able to get out on humanitarian parole. i was just floored. >> reporter: the wilsons say they are especially relieved because this week the haitian government added new procedures to the adoption rules. >> there's a lot of pacing and hair-pulling, what are we going to do? because honestly we didn't think, because of the process of the haitian adoption, it would take months to years before we moved another single step. >> reporter: suddenly, the wilsons are a happy family of
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six, feeling complete with two best friends now daughters and sisters. ron allen, nbc news, port-au-prince. there is still good news to be found in this story. when our broadcast continues on a tuesday night, more on the american economy. this question, if your house has lost a lot of its values should you do what a whole lot of other people are doing? and later, so many americans working together and pitching in. so many americans working together and pitching in. we've always been alike. we even both have osteoporosis. bue're active, especially when we vacat so when i heard about reclast, the only once-a-year iv osteoporosis treatment, i called joni. my doctor said reclast helps re-strengthen our bones to help make them resistant to fracture for twelve whole months. and reclast is approved to help protect from fracture in more places: hips, spine, even other bones. (announcer) you should not take reclast if you're on zometa, have low blood calcium, kidney oblems. or you're pregnant, plan to become pregnant or nursing.
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we are back with more on the economy tonight, and what's been at the root of the massive problems we've been having. the housing bubble that went bust. so many american homes worth so much less than what people paid for them. a new snapshot of home prices out tonight shows a slight gain in november from the month before, but compared to last year, prices fell another 5.3%, down a total of 30% from the peak nationwide. now a growing number of home
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owners are making the decision to just walk away from those houses and the loans they bought them with. our report from cnbc's diana olick. >> reporter: jeff horton thought the florida housing market was on the mend when he bought his home three years ago for $255,000, but today the house is worth about half that. >> i mean, investment by definition is supposed to have returns, so it's time for me to walk away. >> reporter: horton will join an estimated 1 million borrowers who abandoned their homes and mortgage commitments last year, even though they could afford to pay. >> why would i continue to pay all this money every month, cut back on the things i enjoy doing just to make the payment when there's catastrophic negative equity in the house? >> reporter: he signed on with you walk, a company that helps borrowers navigate strategic default. horton risks being sued by his lender and his credit will
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suffer for up to seven years. in the meantime, he'll rent. >> i can move out of this house and move to another house exactly like it in the same neighborhood for half of what i'm paying now. >> reporter: with 25% of all borrowor 15 million home owners owing more than their homes are worth, more people could start thinking like jeff horton and that would push foreclosures beyond all expectations >> if you applied this on all relationships and agreements that people ke, the default rates would expand considerably. >> reporter: banks are walking away, as well. last month morgan stanley gave five san francisco office buildings back to lenders afte the buildings lost half their value. >> business goes by the letter of the contract all the time. all the time they back out of contracts where it's inconvenient and they pay the penalty. that is what a home owner is doing. i would have a hard time making a moral argument to a home owner. >> reporter: many fear if more
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bail on their mortgages, banks may come to taxpayers for another bailout of their own. diana olick, washington. >> we'll be back in a short time with an important rule of the road. olick, washington. >> we'll be back in a short time with an important rule of the road. host: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: does charlie daniels play a mean fiddle? ♪ fiddle music charlie:hat's how you do it son. vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. there's new robitussin® to go. in a neat little single dose spoon. liquid medicine already dissolved ready for your body to take in. new robitussin® to go.
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for the first time in more than a decade in this country, there is new research showing that teen pregnancy rate is up, 3% in the year 2006. the rate was up among all ethnic groups with the rate for black and hispanic teenagers significantly higher than for whites. the group that did this survey calls the reversal troubling and stresses that it coincides with the rise of so-called abstinence-only education programs. stands to reason, now it's the law. anybody who drives a large truck or bus cannot text while operating that motor vehicle. if you're sending a text, you're not paying attention to the road. it's especially dangerous with those entrusted with public safety like truck and bus drivers. anybody who does it and gets caught will face a major fine.
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one of the giants of the united states senate died. charles mac mathias represented the state of maryland for several terms. he was a liberal republican, and it was said over and over today the last of a breed. lbj, for example, could not have passed the civil rights act of 1964 without mac mathias who was then called the conscience of the senate. that title was given to him by the democratic majority leader at the time. mac mathias of maryland was 87 years old. when we come back, making a kifrns. e generosity. art attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another art attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets
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fusion is now motor trend's 2010 car of the year. get in... and drive one. for two weeks now, we have watched americans respond. presidents, movie stars, doctors and just plain good-hearted people all responding to the tragedy in haiti. what they all have in common is they are making a difference when it is so badly needed. tonight, nbc's mark potter has a few of their stories. >> reporter: at the port-au-prince airport, another aid flight arrives from the united states.
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at the controls of his own plane is hollywood star and pilot john travolta with his wife kelly preston bringing medical supplies, doctors and scientology ministers for the haitian relief effort. also helping out is the university of kentucky men's basketball team which raised more than $1 million during a haiti telethon. at the white house today, president obama, a big basketball fan, called the team to thank them. >> i'm very, very proud of what you guys did and it shows a lot of character. >> reporter: all around the country, amecans are stepping up in small towns and big cities, quietly working to do what they can to help the people of haiti. near atlanta, second grader hannah lucas and her classmates are collecting blankets r haitians on the streets. after hannah opened a website, they've gotten donations from all over the country. >> people in haiti don't have anywhere to sleep because all their buildings crashed. >> reporter: in jackson,
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mississippi, there are haircuts for haiti. this salon normally closed on monday opened up yesterday offering half-price haircuts. all the money goes to the salvation army in haiti. in miami, volunteers with a nonprofit group are sending clothing and more than $15,000 in brand-new shoes donated by a local wholesaler to haiti. >> that makes them feel better that someone cares for them. >> reporter: in allen, texas, 9-year-old connor howard has been going door-to-door collecting cash for haiti, after seeing tragic pictures from the disaster. >> that just really broke my heart so i was getting ready to pack up all my things in my bedroom and just move out, give it all to them. >> reporter: americans, big and small, with huge hearts. >> it's a good thing to have. >> reporter: doing and giving what they can. mark potter, nbc news, miami. how about that kid? that's our broadcast for this tuesday night.
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thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you tomorrow evening. good night. -- captions by vitac --
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